Monday Musts [8]

Posted March 7, 2016 by Kim in Monday Musts / 13 Comments

It’s time again for the Monday Musts! I love this meme and am so excited Jessica of Lovin’ los libros came up with it! Let’s talk about my Must Read, a Must Listen and a Must See for the week, shall we?

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Must Read

Monday Musts [8]Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Series: Flat-Out Love #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 11, 2011
Publisher: Self-Published
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

It's not what you know—or when you see—that matters. It's about a journey.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that ... well... doesn't quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.

I’m digging back into the archives today to promote another of my most beloved books since I was in a reading slump last week. I’ve read (or listened) to Flat-Out Love no less than three times and I feel another reread coming on again soon. I loved these characters and the humor and all the freaking feels. If you’ve not yet read it, I hope it’s on your list. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite books. And, even after as many times as I’ve read it, I’ve never been able to come up with adequate words to review it. I need to work on that. For those of you who love audiobooks, this one is wonderful!

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My Must Listen is also a Must See so I’m kinda cheating this week. I’m currently obsessed with this song. It’s one that, as soon as it comes on, I can’t help but start dancing around. It doesn’t matter where I am. It also totally gets stuck in my head. It’s a Must See because, while I don’t think Thomas Rhett is necessarily hot, he’s cute and awkward and I appreciate that. 🙂

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Much the way my Must Listen was a Must See, my Must See is also a Must Listen! I’m a big fan of Chase Rice’s dirty(ish) country songs and his latest, Whisper, is no exception. Not only is this lyric video really well done, it’s also hot as hell.

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13 responses to “Monday Musts [8]

    • Kim

      Mission accomplished! I just recently got back into country music and I can’t get over how great some of the songs are. I think, more than anything, I like the way they tell a story. Whether they’re faster, happier songs or slower, sadder songs, there’s a story. I don’t feel like a lot of pop music does that these days. Flat-Out Love is wonderful! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  1. I LOVE Jessica Park’s books and Flat Out Love was the first book I’d read of hers years ago! I think my favorite of hers thought is Left Drowning, I love that book and also have a hard time finding the right words to review it even though I’ve read it twice. And that song, Whisper, that video is hot!!! love it 🙂

    • Kim

      Left Drowning ruined my life… but in a good way. It was a heartbreakingly gorgeous book that made me feel all the feels. I have the audiobook of Restless Waters, but I’ve not been in the mood for something quite that angsty lately. (And it’s been long enough since I read Left Drowning that I think I’d have to reread it first… so double the angst.) One of these days!

      The Whisper video was SUPER hot. 🙂

  2. I’ve heard of Flat Out Love but never really paid much attention to until now. It sounds like a great story, maybe something along the lines of My Life With the Walter Boys? Except in NA instead of YA? Anyway, I’m looking forward to meeting Julie and Finn!

    • Kim

      There are definitely some similarities to My Life with the Walter Boys! It really does skirt the line between YA and NA. The characters are NA age, but it doesn’t have the graphic sexy scenes you find in most NA books. It’s SUCH a great book. I want to reread it again right now.

  3. emma

    I just recently got back into country music and I can’t get over how great some of the songs are. I think, more than anything, I like the way they tell a story. Whether they’re faster, happier songs or slower, sadder songs, there’s a story. I don’t feel like a lot of pop music does that these days. Flat-Out Love is wonderful! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!